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Netherlands gets a glimpse of LTTE barbarism

The second leg of the anti terrorist photographic exhibition aimed to display the acts of barbarism committed by LTTE terrorists to the outside world began at the Sri Lanka Embassy in the Hague Netherlands on Monday.

The chief guests at the opening ceremony were Bastearn Korner, a former Netherlands Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Prof. Lodewyk Wagenaar, Director, Amstredam Museum, Harry Van Dijk, Head of the Asian Division, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nimal Van Dort, President, Nona Foundation and Mrs. Grace Asirwathan Sri Lanka Ambassador in the Netherlands.

Sri Lanka Ambassador Grace Asirvathan addressing the gathering said the time had come for LTTE terrorists to lay down arms and join the path to peace. The Sri Lanka Government was doing its best to cater to the needs of the Tamil speaking people in the country she said and adding that the international community should focus their attention towards the crimes committed by the LTTE terrorists.The exhibition continued yesterday.

A special meeting held in this connection on Monday was attended by a large gathering including several members of the diplomatic corps in the Hague and the Netherlands Government officials.

The first leg of this exhibition was held in London, England.

Ambassadors and officials of a number of foreign missions based in the Hague visited the Anti Terrorist Photo Exhibition at the Sri Lanka Embassy in the Netherlands.

Among them were Indian, Chinese, Cuban, Bangladeshi, Maltese, Japanese, Korean, Iran and a number of European and African Ambassadors. What was special was the presence of representatives from the United Nations International Criminal court for war crimes, the Chemical Weapons Headquarters and the Police intelligence personnel.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition featured the visit of former Netherlands Ambassadors of Sri Lanka, Bastern Korner, Amastad Museum Director, Prof. Lodewyk Wagenaar, the Netherlands Foreign Ministry Asian Chief, Harry Van Dijk, Nona Foundation President, Nimal Van Oort.

This is the first time an exhibition of this nature was held in Europe and the Sri Lanka United anti-terrorist organisation in Europe had extended its fullest co-operation to the event.

"That the Europe-based Sri Lankan groups have taken the lead to counter the LTTE propaganda is an expression of the confidence reposed in the Sri Lanka Government's campaign against terrorism," Sri Lankan groups domiciled in Europe said.



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